All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 17,641 as of Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,494 issues advancing vs. 1,386 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include

Marcus & Millichap

(

MMI

), up 7.0%,

American Homes 4 Rent

(

AMH

), up 3.2%,

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

), up 1.8%,

Extra Space Storage

(

EXR

), up 1.1% and

VEREIT

(

VER

), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

CIM Commercial

(

CMCT

), down 7.2%,

Momo

(

MOMO

), down 6.9%,

Alexander & Baldwin

(

ALEX

), down 6.2%,

Icahn

(

IEP

), down 4.8% and

Realogy Holdings

(

RLGY

), down 2.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3.

American Capital Agency

(

AGNC

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency is up $0.28 (1.5%) to $18.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.55-$18.90 after having opened the day at $18.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.58.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital Agency

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

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2. As of noon trading,

Macerich

(

MAC

) is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $79.40 on light volume. Thus far, 224,736 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.93-$80.24 after having opened the day at $80.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.79.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Macerich

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

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now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

) is up $0.09 (0.6%) to $16.27 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.10-$16.42 after having opened the day at $16.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.18.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Host Hotels & Resorts

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

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now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate

(

IYR

) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund

(

REK

).